Advocacy Update: SAC Fingerprinting Requirements

The Society's Senior Advocate David Lancaster, Hon. AIA, shares the Society's position on the Sunset Advisory Commission's fingerprinting requirement passed during the 83rd Legislative Session. The recommendation was part of the TBAE Sunset review bill. Pardon the pun, but the 2013 legislative issue that has left the biggest imprint on AIA members has unquestionably been fingerprinting. We’ve heard more from members on that requirement, which is a Sunset Advisory Commission “boiler-plate” recommendation for every licensing agency going through its routine periodic Sunset review, than we have any other practice-related issue. Important details to remember about this new requirement: 1) it doesn’t…

2013 Texas Architects Honor Awards

2013 HONOR AWARDS Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Honor of Llewellyn W. Pitts, FAIA Reagan W. George, FAIA, Dallas/Willow City Architecture Firm Award McKinney York Architects, Austin Award for Young Professional Achievement in Honor of William W. Caudill, FAIA Mark Schatz, AIA, Houston Award for Community Service in Honor of James D. Pfluger, FAIA Thomas H. Hatch, FAIA, Austin Award for Outstanding Educational Contributions in Honor of Edward J. Romieniec, FAIA Elizabeth A. Danze, FAIA, University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture Award for Excellence in the Promotion of Architecture through the Media in Honor of John G. Flowers,…

Architects Talking to Architects: Yen Ong, AIA

Yen Ong, AIA, is a co-founder and principal architect of the award-winning international practice 5G Studio Collaborative. One of his early career highlights included the role of associate project architect on Renzo Piano's Nasher Sculpture Center.  Yen Ong, AIA – courtesy 5G Studio Collaborative Where did you grow up? Before I was seven, I grew up in a poor neighborhood surrounded by slums in Jakarta, Indonesia; it was then a city two-thirds the size of Dallas having 6.5 million citizens. My parents began their business by selling electronic spare parts at half-a-penny each while supporting three young children; I did not realize…

Desert Decadent

Sunnylands was the Southern California winter home of the late Walter and Leonore Annenberg — wealthy Philadelphia socialites who, during the latter half of the 20th century, became legendary for their philanthropy, patronage of the arts, and commitment to politics. The couple donated vast quantities of their media fortune to education, including $50 million to the United Negro College Fund, and gifted a $1 billion collection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They also held civil service posts (Walter was ambassador to Great Britain under Richard Nixon, and Leonore was the State Department’s chief of…

Light Sketches

Sketches 1 “Light Sails,” manually operated canvas sunscreens inside light monitors.  2 Rods, painted white, trace natural light falling from the sky to the floor.  3 Trellises cast increasingly cross-hatched shade.  4 Top: section through a room. Bottom: reflected ceiling plan. Daylight and nightlight.  5 Ceiling: half painted grey, half painted white. Skylight baffles bounce light to white surface.    About Max Levy, FAIA Max Levy, FAIA has enjoyed drawing since about first grade. He believes that our best drawings as architects are those we do for ourselves…….the ones we don’t plan on showing to others. The irony is that if we…

BTBR Vancouver Powerpoints

Vancouver meeting – presentations to the board

Beyond the Boardroom: TxA Board Meeting Held in Vancouver

The Texas Society of Architects Board of Directors met in Vancouver, British Columbia on July 26-27 with a full agenda! President Larry Speck, FAIA, opened the meeting and congratulated Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, on her recent election as AIA President-elect. He reviewed the Society's progress this year, discussing committees; the Design Conference success; Advocates for Architecture Day at the Capitol and the successful 83rd Legislative Session; the improvements in Texas Architect and kudos on the most recent issue; and ever-increasing traffic on www.texasarchitect.org.  Aerial view of Downtown Vancouver's waterfront. The new convention center on the right with Canada Place front and center. – photo by istockphoto; dan_prat The board received reports…

Architects Talking to Architects: Christy Seals, AIA, of Austin

Christy Seals, AIA, is an architect and founding partner at Loop Design, a firm that specializes in residential design projects with expertise in rainwater collection and other sustainable building systems. Seals earned her Masters of Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin and has worked in construction and architecture, driven by an interest in experiencing directly how buildings come to be, and the different roles the architect can play in this process.  Christy Seals, AIA – courtesy Christy Seals Where did you grow up? Mainly in Yorktown, Virginia — home of battlefields from the Revolutionary War and the cave where Cornwallis holed up at the end of…

“Transformation is What We Do”

Architecture is inherently about transformation. Architects take empty sites and transform them into homes and places of business. We take derelict inner city districts and transform them into vibrant urban fabric. We take neglected older buildings and transform them into renewed historic artifacts. Transformation is what we do. The focus of the Texas Society of Architects 74th Annual Convention and Design Expo is "Transformation," in the very broadest sense of the word. In Fort Worth, from November 7-9, we will be looking not only at our constant challenge to make the everyday transformations we perform as rich and productive as…